Book publication announcement

The Purposes of Education

The Purposes of Education Book CoverIs there a purpose to education? How do schools contribute to society? Using the twin lenses of Visible Learning and educational philosophy, these are among the many fascinating topics discussed in extended conversations between John Hattie and Steen Nepper Larsen.

This wide-ranging and informative book offers fundamental propositions about the nature of education. It eloquently weaves together Hattie’s empirical data and world-famous Visible Learning paradigm with the rich heritage of educational philosophy to interrogate some of the most profound issues facing educators today. Additionally, it explores the inevitable questions of the politics of education, of measurement and interpretation of data, the endurance of values, and the development of students in a learning society.

Conversations include:

  • What are the purposes of education?
  • Does educational data speak for itself?
  • What is the role of the teacher?
  • Is learning a visible phenomenon?
  • Is it important to teach and learn specific subjects?
  • What is the role of neuroscience research?
  • What is the relationship between educational research and educational politics?
  • What is the role of the state in education?

Part clash of cultures, part meeting of minds, always fascinating and illuminating, this intriguing book will inspire teachers, students, and parents at all levels of the educational system – from kindergarten through school to university.

About the Authors
John Hattie is Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and his Visible Learning series of books have been translated into 23 different languages and have sold over 1 million copies.

Steen Nepper Larsen is Associate Professor in Education Science at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus, Denmark, and has published numerous academic books and journal articles. He is a critic connected to the Danish newspaper Information, among other organizations, and has worked on several popular philosophy programs for Danmarks Radio, P1.


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